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Nuno felting with South Gippsland Spinners & Fibre Arts Group

Nuno felting is a delightful marriage of textile artistry and traditional felting techniques, resulting in beautifully intricate and lightweight fabric creations. Originating from Japan, "Nuno" translates to "cloth" in Japanese, aptly describing the essence of this technique: the fusion of delicate fabrics like silk with wool fibres to form a unique, textured material.

Imagine the whisper-soft touch of silk intertwined with the cozy warmth of wool, yielding a fabric that is not only visually captivating but also wonderfully functional. Nuno felting allows crafters to experiment with various combinations of fabrics, colors, and textures, resulting in endless possibilities for creativity.

The process begins with laying out a thin layer of wool fibres onto a fabric base, typically silk, although other lightweight fabrics can also be used. This is followed by meticulously arranging additional embellishments such as yarns, ribbons, or even bits of fabric to add depth and dimension to the design.

Once the design is set, hot soapy water is applied, and the magic begins. Through a combination of gentle rubbing, rolling, and agitation, the wool fibres intertwine with the fabric base, creating a sturdy yet flexible material. The heat and friction cause the wool fibres to shrink and mat together, forming a cohesive bond with the fabric.

What emerges from this transformative process is a piece of wearable art or textile masterpiece that showcases the beauty of both the natural fibres and the human touch. Whether it's a flowing scarf adorned with intricate floral motifs or a cozy wrap embellished with geometric patterns, each Nuno felted creation is a testament to the skill and imagination of its creator.

Nuno felting is not just a craft; it's a journey of exploration and discovery. It invites crafters to push the boundaries of traditional techniques, to play with color and texture, and to create something truly extraordinary with their own two hands.

So, grab your wool, your silk, and your sense of adventure, and embark on a Nuno felting adventure with the South Gippsland Spinners & Fibre Arts Group: Watch the video .......

Completed Nuno Felting



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